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10 youngest players to score 100 goals in the Premier League 

The latest player to join the exclusive 100-goal club!
The latest player to join the exclusive 100-goal club!

Raheem Sterling may not be the greatest scorer the Premier League has seen but he notched up a unique milestone last weekend.

With a penalty against Wolves in Manchester City's 1-0 victory, he became just the 32nd player in history to surpass the 100-goal mark in the English top-flight.

Having racked up 18 goals for Liverpool, he's added another 82 since joining the Sky Blues in 2015 and the winger's milestone came on his 304th league appearance.

While he's not the fastest to get 100 Premier League goals, at 27, he's certainly among the youngest, and here we plot his record against the all-time list:


#10 Robbie Keane - 27 years and 171 days

Keane got his 100th league goal with Spurs
Keane got his 100th league goal with Spurs

Robbie Keane scored in the Premier League with six different clubs, but enjoyed the best spell with Tottenham Hotspur where he scored 91 top-flight goals in 238 games.

126 - Robbie Keane is the only Irishman to score more than 100 Premier League goals. Somersault. #StPatricksDay

In the final season of his first spell with the club, the Irishman also surpassed the 100-goal mark in the league with a brace in the 5-1 destruction of Fulham on December 2007.


#9 Andy Cole - 27 years and 126 days

Cole was among the first players to score 100 league goals
Cole was among the first players to score 100 league goals

Another Premier League great, Andy Cole initially burst to stardom for his 34-goal haul with Newcastle United in the 1993/94 season before starring with Manchester United for eight years.

2️⃣0️⃣ years ago today...Andy Cole scored his 100th Premier League goal in Manchester United's 8-1 win over Nottingham Forest 🔴⚫️A certain Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed FOUR goals that day, too 😏 https://t.co/0eYrV8ytKO

During that period, he lifted five league titles and also became one of the first players to score 100 league goals. He reached his century with a brace in the 8-1 demolition of Nottingham Forest in 1999.


#8 Raheem Sterling - 27 years and 3 days

Sterling is the most recent player to score 100 league goals
Sterling is the most recent player to score 100 league goals

Raheem Sterling's Liverpool days weren't glorious but he's become a beast at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola. Indeed, only Sergio Aguero has struck more times since the Spaniard took charge.

🚨 Raheem Sterling scores his 100th Premier League goal 🚨Only seven players have reached 100 PL goals at a younger age 💯 https://t.co/sI1FjNv4PY

He recently became the 32nd player to join the Premier League's 100-goal club and at 27 years and three days, is also the eighth youngest to achieve the feat.

#7 Thierry Henry - 26 years and 177 days

The Frenchman took only 160 games to break the 100-goal barrier
The Frenchman took only 160 games to break the 100-goal barrier

A bona fide legend of the Premier League, Thierry Henry's record with Arsenal was something else. Between 1999 and 2007, he struck 174 times from 254 games, winning four Golden Boots.

📅 #OnThisDay: In 1999, Thierry Henry signed for Arsenal 🔴✍️x2 Premier League 🏆🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿x2 FA Cup 🏆🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿x2 Community Shield 🏆🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿x2 European Golden Shoe 🥇🇪🇺x4 EPL Golden Boot 🥇🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿x2 EPL Player of the Season 🥇🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿x6 EPL TOTY 👏🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿A Premier League ICON 🔥#Arsenal #PremierLeague https://t.co/40Vk2CB4hZ

He set numerous records along the way and took only 160 games to surpass the 100-goal mark in the league, which at the time was the fastest after only Alan Shearer.


#6 Alan Shearer - 25 years and 139 days

The first and the fastest player in history to score 100 Premier League goals!
The first and the fastest player in history to score 100 Premier League goals!

Speaking of Shearer, he achieved 100 league goals at a younger age than Henry, and holds the distinction of being the first to rack up a century of strikes back in 1996.

Our very own @alanshearer became the first player to score 100 #PremierLeague goals when he hit the target in Blackburn's 2-1 victory against Tottenham on this day in 1996.How much would be be worth in today's money? https://t.co/MWAav8ZAnJ

He played for Blackburn Rovers at the time and it was only the fourth Premier League season in history. It also took him only 124 games to achieve the feat.


#5 Romelu Lukaku - 24 years and 308 days

Lukaku's 100th Premier League goal came with Manchester United
Lukaku's 100th Premier League goal came with Manchester United

Romelu Lukaku was already a Premier League great by the time he joined Manchester United in 2017, having struck 85 times from 176 games.

While the Belgian failed to live up to the hype, he surpassed the 100-goal mark in his first season at the club with a goal in the 2-0 victory over Swansea City at just 24 years.


#4 Harry Kane - 24 years and 191 days

Kane is the second-fastest to reach 100 league goals
Kane is the second-fastest to reach 100 league goals

About six weeks before Lukaku, Harry Kane scored his 100th Premier League goal from the penalty spot in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool.

#OnThisDay in 2018 @HKane scored his 100th Premier League goal, as Tottenham snatched a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.@alanshearer to Harry Kane:"What took you so long?" 😄 https://t.co/ziLkNf2dmv

He's a few months younger than the Belgian, so that helped, while in 141 appearances, Kane also became the fastest player to achieve the feat after Shearer.

#3 Wayne Rooney - 24 years and 100 days

Wayne Rooney is a Premier league legend.
Wayne Rooney is a Premier league legend.

In January 2010, Wayne Rooney joined the Premier League's 100-goal club with a strike against Arsenal, the same team he also scored his first top-flight goal against.

1 - Wayne Rooney's first PL goal, his first PL goal for Man Utd and his 100th PL goal all came against Arsenal. Nemesis.

The former Manchester United legend was just over 24 years of age at the time, the third youngest, although it took him well over 200 appearances to achieve the feat.


#2 Robbie Fowler - 23 years and 283 days

Robbie Fowler was the youngest scorer of 100 league goals in 1999
Robbie Fowler was the youngest scorer of 100 league goals in 1999

Robbie Fowler was the first Liverpool player to cross the 100-goal milestone in the Premier League, and when he did, the striker was also the youngest at the time.

16/01 - On this day in 1999, Robbie Fowler scored his 100th Premier League goal in Liverpool's 7-1 victory against Southampton - at the time, he was the youngest player to reach the milestone in the competition's history. Poacher. https://t.co/o94AJyMoyJ

Interestingly, his centurion strike came as part of a hat-trick against Southampton in January 1999 in a 7-1 shellacking.


#1 Michael Owen - 23 years and 134 days

Owen took 185 games to score 100 league goals yet he's the youngest
Owen took 185 games to score 100 league goals yet he's the youngest

More than four years later, Michael Owen broke his teammate's record to become the youngest Premier League player to score 100 goals at the age of 23 years and 134 days.

🎥 | On this day in 2003, Liverpool hammered West Brom 6-0 as Michael Owen scored four goals including his 100th Premier League goal https://t.co/wkhoAuzyz3

His milestone also came when he struck four goals in a 6-0 demolition of West Brom on his 185th appearance. That's some way to claim the record, I guess!

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